Senate Orders Refund Of N692m Spent On ‘Fictitious Contracts’ By Works Ministry

The Senate has ordered the Federal Ministry of Works to refund into the nation’s purse a whopping sum of N692 million allegedly spent on fictitious contracts as contained in the 2018 report of the Auditor General for the Federation (AuGF).

The Red Chamber arrived at the decision after the consideration of the report by its Committee on Public Accounts, which discovered that a contract of N343 million was awarded for the purchase of project monitoring vehicles without due process and without vehicles being supplied.

Another contract, as added in the report, was awarded for services and the purchase of vehicle spare parts, computer accessories, photocopy machine parts and for designing of the country’s roads and bridges at N139 million.

It was also alleged in the report that N210 million meant for documentary was split into N130 million and N80 million and paid into a staff account, which contravenes financial regulation.


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